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Obama seeks money, fast hearings to curb young migrant surge

July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The U.S. administration took steps Tuesday to halt a cross-border surge of children from Central America, asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending and putting in place plans to make the youngsters’ deportation hearings …continue reading on dglobe.com

New policy requires feds to record interviews

June 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO, N.D. — A new federal directive requiring criminal investigators to record interrogations of suspects while in police custody has the support of North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor.

The office of Tim Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North…continue reading on dglobe.com

Democrats gather input on policy in Tioga oil spill’s wake

November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

STANLEY — Steve and Patty Jensen have pipelines criss-crossing their farmland north of Tioga, but it wasn’t until one leaked 20,600 barrels of oil in their wheat field that they began asking questions about who was monitoring them.
“I didn’t…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Report says rural areas have lost voice for important issues

January 5, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Rural Minnesota “has lost its influence in policy discussions that occur in both the private and public sectors,” according to a new study by the nonprofit Center for Rural Policy and Development in St. Peter, Minn. Continue Reading

PAUL KRUGMAN: Debt-limit canyon marks GOP’s road to ruin

January 5, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

The reality is that our two major political parties are engaged in a fierce struggle over the future shape of American society. Democrats want to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and add to them a universal guarantee of essential health care. Republicans want to roll all of that back, making room for drastically lower taxes on the wealthy. Yes, it’s essentially a class war. Continue Reading

No shutdown, but tough legislative session expected in Minnesota

December 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Newly elected conservative Republican Minnesota legislative majorities and a new liberal governor took office two years ago, setting the stage for rocky state budget negotiations that ended in a state government shutdown. Continue Reading

Environmental policy debated

December 10, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Overregulation of farms, water quality top concerns in forum
WORTHINGTON Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson said Monday he “got a really good sense of what farmers are thinking” following the fourth of six planned public hearings offered across the state to gather input on environmental policy. Continue Reading

RYAN BAKKEN: Smoking ban will broaden in Grand Forks parks

December 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s public smoking ban doesn’t just cover the indoors. It also rules over the soccer fields and baseball diamonds in our rectangular slice of heaven. Continue Reading

The closing of the American academic mind

December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Washington Post Column in which George Will discusses political correctness on campus Continue Reading

Nothing hidden about Grain Growers’ agenda

December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dan Wogsland, Grain Growers Association president, writes to correct misinformation in a previous letter by Perry Ostmo. Continue Reading